until 13.06. | #2756ARTatBerlin | Salongalerie Die Möwe presents from 20th June 2020 the group exhibition Summer days on Ischia with works by the artists Ulrich Neujahr, Eduard Bargheer and Hermann Poll.
It is no coincidence that the Berlin Salon Galerie Die Möwe opens its new exhibition “Summer Days on Ischia – The Painters Ulrich Neujahr, Eduard Bargheer and Hermann Poll” on the day of the summer solstice, June 20th. Because the presentation, which can be seen until September 5, takes the viewer on a journey into the summers on the Italian island, which has magically attracted the three painters and many other artists since the 1930s, but especially since 1950.
Fascinated by the wild, unspoilt beauty of nature, the changing colours in the play of light and the small fishing villages with their inhabitants, New Year, Bargheer and Poll not only found their personal Arcadia on the island. Ischia was also an inexhaustible source of inspiration for them and, during the Nazi era, a place of retreat where they could live and work freely. The oil paintings of intense, warm colours, the watercolours of enchanting lightness and the prints with typical everyday scenes, which Ulrich Neujahr (1898-1977), Eduard Bargheer (1901-1979) and Hermann Poll (1902-1990) created on Ischia, still correspond with our idea of sun-drenched southern landscapes and Mediterranean coasts. In the early 1930s Ulrich Neujahr, Hermann Poll and Eduard Bargheer discovered the island for themselves and were immediately enchanted. In the following years they spend their summers here and find a second home on the island.
For Ulrich Neujahr and Hermann Poll, who earn their living as art teachers in Berlin and Düsseldorf respectively, the stays on Ischia during National Socialism are an escape from intellectual confinement, paternalism and stagnation. Eduard Bargheer from Hamburg, whose works were defamed as “degenerate” by the National Socialists, finally turned his back on Germany in 1939 and chose Ischia as his place of residence. In addition, the island offers the painters everything that inspires them to artistic work: untouched landscapes, wonders of light, a deep blue sea, lonely beaches, dazzling white villages and the original life of the fishermen and their wives. After the Second World War, at the beginning of the 1950s, the longing for the beauty of Ischia and the lightness of southern life led Ulrich Neujahr and Hermann Poll once again regularly to the fishing village of Sant’Angelo and the municipality of Forio d’Ischia respectively, to live and work there.
In spite of the spatial proximity, the painters remain loners and also artistically each goes his own way. In Ulrich Neujahr’s œuvre, besides portraits and self-portraits, the Ischia pictures full of light and warmth form a focal point of his work. Stylistically, the painter oriented himself in the 1920s and 30s primarily towards New Objectivity. From the 1950s onwards, he developed an increasingly abstract visual language, for which the exhibition offers numerous examples.
Eduard Bargheer also moves close to modern classics. He has a particularly strong relationship to the art of Paul Klee, whom he met personally in 1935. Compared with the paintings of Ulrich Neujahr, Bargheer’s watercolours are lighter in colour and more abstract in motif. Today the painter, who was represented at the Venice Biennale in 1948 and at the documenta in Kassel in 1955 and 1959, is known above all for his light watercolours from the 1950s. Their mosaic-like structure and colored prisms are reminiscent of Klee.
Hermann Poll, in whose Berlin and Düsseldorf studios he mostly creates dark-toned portraits as well as genre and milieu scenes, creates light-filled, lyrical works on Ischia. In the 1940s and 50s, inspired by the Pointillists and Robert Delaunay, he dissolved the spatiality of his composition and provided the pictures with pearl-like points of light. In their formal design, his works blur the transition between abstraction and representationalism and illustrate the artist’s pronounced sensitivity to the colours and moods of the South.
Soft Opening: Saturday, 20 June 2020, 1:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Exhibition period: Saturday, 20 June to Saturday, 5 September 2020Zur Salongalerie Die Möwe
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